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Ico & Luisa Parisi 1950s Rare Set of Six Rosewood Dining Chairs

$30,000per set


Ico & Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo, Cantù, set of six rare rosewood or palissander sculptural dining chairs, 1950. These chic dining chairs were made in a great modern scale for the 1950s with sculptural frame consisting of padded seat suspended on the pointed corner supports of the underlying x-shaped frame; padded backrest curves upwards to create a butterfly-shaped section; antiqued velvet upholstered seat and back. This particular early model is rare, well-documented (image 7), and more architecturally sculptural than the more simple later versions featuring a wooden backrest. The dining chairs have recently been fully restored and reupholstered with new cushions in seat backs and bottoms so are very comfortable. Literature Roberta Lietti, Ico Parisi Design : Catalogo ragionato Catalogue Raisonné 1936-1960, Milan, 2017, pp. 196-197 Roberto Aloi, Esempi di arredamento di tutto il mondo. Sedie, poltrone, divani. seconda serie, Milan, 1953, p. 1, fig. 1, 23 and 24 Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio del design italiano 1950-2000 per l’arredamento domestico, volume 1, Turin, 2003, p. 19 Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi, Il design italiano degli anni ’50, Milan, 1985, p.108


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.75 in. (90.81 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Seat Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Fully restored and reupholstered on new seat and back cushions.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: PAR1011stDibs: LU291738103293

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About Ico & Luisa Parisi (Designer)

The Italian architect, artist and furniture designer Ico Parisi and his wife and frequent collaborator, Luisa Parisi, formed one of the most prolific and spirited European design teams of the postwar period. Together they created a magnetic aesthetic that combines the refined angularity and elegance of the work of Giò Ponti with the liveliness and lightness of the furniture of Carlo Mollino. 

Ico Parisi — his first name is short for Domenico — was born and raised in Palermo. He moved to the northern Italian city of Como in the early 1930s and lived and worked there the remainder of his life. He initially studied and worked as a civil engineer, but later became an associate in the office of architect Giuseppe Terragni, a leading light of the stern and formal Rationalist design movement. Ico moved in artistic circles that included Lucio Fontana and Bruno Munari; after he married Luisa Aiani — a former student of Giò Ponti’s — in 1947 their design studio became known as an artists’ salon. The couple’s big break as designers came the following year when their work was shown, along with that of Carlo Mollino, Paolo Buffa, Franco Albini and other greats, leading to contracts with manufacturers such as Cassina and Singer & Sons.

What attracted these firms was the Parisis’ fluency with a wide array of furniture forms. No two looks are quite alike. Their body of work includes a series of coffee and dining tables and consoles for Singer & Sons created in the early 1950s that feature notch-edged tops and javelin-shaped legs, and cabinets and credenzas such as those with plain fronts and molded-teak and plywood detailing for MIM Rome (1959). Their chairs range from sleek dining pieces with supple, bone-shaped backrests for Singer & Sons to the lush Model 813 Uovo, or Egg chair, for Cassina (1951). Then, as now, Parisi furnishings can fill an entire decor, yet seem eclectic and at the height of style.

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